Once again appearing in its home stomping grounds of Las Vegas, Nevada, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to deliver another night of fights from its ranks of the most elite fighters in the world. Though injuries to both lightweight kingpin “The Answer” Frankie Edgar (13-1-1) and “The Bully” Gray Maynard (10-0-1) have robbed the card of the long awaited sixth round of their UFC 125 draw, the world’s premier MMA organization still has plenty to offer at UFC 130. In the main event, 205lb-ers “The Hammer” Matt Hamill (9-2) and “Rampage” Quinton Jackson (29-8) battle to put their names on the list of challengers for the UFC light heavyweight crown. Supporting the marquise bout are offerings from “Big Country” Roy Nelson (15-5), Frank Mir (14-5), “The Skyscraper” Stefan Struve (18-4), Travis Browne (7-0-1), Brian Stann (10-3), and Jorge Santiago (22-8). Also bumped up to main card status following the loss of the lightweight title bout is a match between a fast rising welterweight prospect in “The Horror” Rick Story (10-2) and the hard hitting Brazilian wrecking machine “Pitbull” Thiago Alves (17-7). The match is Story’s shot at the big time, and he has worked hard to earn it with a 5-1 record on the heels of a five-fight winning streak. For “Pitbull” however, it’s a do or die moment as he sits 1-2 in his last three fights.
“You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” — Bob Dylan
So after last week’s exciting showdown between Josh Koscheck and MMA’s most famous male nurse, Brad Tate, this weeks’ TUF had nary a glimpse of Brad. Talk about loose ends. That’s just bad storytelling. Was Brad asked to leave? Did he leave on his own? Was he there but they chose to cut him out as to not take focus away from the two fights on the show? Whatever, but you can’t just build your story up to such a dramatic showdown as TUF did last week and then just drop it like it never happened.
Kris McCray vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha: Rocha via Submission (Kneebar), Round 1, 2:21
Seth Petruzelli vs. Karlos Vemola: Vemola via TKO (Punches and Elbows), Round 1, 3:46
Kyle Noke vs. Rob Kimmons: Noke via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 2, 1:33
Pascal Krauss vs. Mark Scanlon: Krauss via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Alexandre Ferreira: Matyushenko via TKO (Punches and Elbows), Round 1, 2:20
Nick Osipczak vs. Duane Ludwig: Ludwig via Split Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Goran Reljic vs. Krzysztof Soszynski: Soszynski via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Peter Sobotta vs. Amir Sadollah: Sadollah via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Andre Winner vs. Dennis Siver: Siver via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 1, 3:37
Alessio Sakara vs. Jorge Rivera: N/A. Sakara withdrew from the competition due to illness.
Yushin Okami vs. Nate Marquardt: Okami via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Knockout of the Night: Karlos Vemola – $60,000
Submission of the Night: Dennis Siver – $60,000
Fight of the Night: Pascal Krauss and Mark Scanlon – $60,000 each